Quitting Your Job The Right Way

Do you really still need to give a two week notice to your employer if you quit your job?  YES! In fact, it’s probably more important than ever that you give your employer proper notice when you intend to quit your job.  Since the job market is tough right now, you cannot afford to have a potential employer call a former employer down the road for a reference, only to find out you didn’t give proper notice.  Your potential employer will immediately assume you are likely to leave them hanging as well.  In fact, you might want to give your boss a little more time to find your replacement and you just might want to offer to stay on part time, just in case things don’t work out as you hoped at your new place of employment.

Offering to Stay Onboard

Dear Ms. Johnson,

I am writing you to inform you that I have accepted another position with the ABC Company, as an assistant manager.  I am scheduled to start there in about three weeks.

I would like to personally thank you for teaching so much on the job.  You have been a very good boss and I have learned a great deal from you during my five years of employment with you.  I am sure all I’ve learned will serve me well in the future.

I would also like to make a couple of offers to you.  First, I am more than willing to train in a replacement for my position.  If you have someone in mind you would like to promote and you would like me to show them the ropes, I am more than willing.  In addition, I would be interested in staying on part time for a bit longer, because I really enjoy my job here and I’m sad to go.  If you would be interested in either option, please just let me know.

I appreciate all you have done for me.


John Doe

Explaining Unhappiness With Your Current Job

While you don’t want to take any potshots, you can professionally explain your unhappiness with the company in many cases.  The following is just an example of such a communication.

Mr. Johnson,

I am giving you my two week notice, effective today (give date).  I would like for my last scheduled day to be (two weeks from today’s date). 

I have grown unhappy with some recent changes with the company.  While I understand the reasoning for the changes, they have ultimately made my job much less enjoyable than before.  In particular, I am unhappy of the scheduling in the stockroom.

I understand this is a corporate directive, and I want to be clear that I have no hard feeling toward you or the company.  I fully understand the reasons the changes were made, however, for me personally, it has simply made my position a bad fit for me and my family.

I hope you will understand where I am coming from.  I will leave the company with positive memories and I feel I learned a lot during my seven years of employment here.  I do not regret working for the ABC Company in any manner.

If you would like to talk to me in person about any of this, please feel free.


John Doe

Generic Two Week Notice Letter Sample

Dear Mr. Johnson,

I have decided to give you my two week notice, as I have accepted another position with another company.  While I have enjoyed my time here, I feel my new position is a better fit for me.

I would like my last day to be (give the date – at least two weeks out).  I will continue to work hard until my last minute with the company and will give 100% at all time.


John Doe

If You Hate Your Boss

This isn’t so much a sample letter, but it is a suggestion.  First, be professional.  Even if you hate your boss, you should not take any parting shots.  This is highly unprofessional and it could end up haunting you down the road.  Many people have had to go back to a job or boss they hated because things didn’t work out right at their new job.  If this happens to you, you want to have an open door, not a closed door.

Consider Giving More Notice

While two weeks is the standard, many employers are appreciative of being given extra time to find a replacement.  Obviously, this isn’t always going to be possible and in some cases, it might not be wise.  In many states, if you give your notice, the employer can dismiss you without allowing you to complete the timeframe of the notice.  Just use good common sense and decide whether or not it’s a good idea to give the extra notice to your employer.  In general, if you are on good terms with your boss and the company, it’s a good idea to give extra notice.

Leave the Door Open for the Future

The whole point behind giving a two week, professional notice to your boss is to leave the door open down the road.  Even if you hate your boss, it’s possible they will move on to a different position or leave the company themselves down the road.  If this happens, by giving the right amount of notice, you might have a better chance of getting a foot back in the door and getting a job there down the road.  It’s worth the extra effort.

Work Hard During the Two Week Notice Phase

Simply giving a notice may not be enough.  You should really work hard during the timeframe to ensure your boss has no hard feeling toward you.  This will give your boss a positive final impression of you and it could benefit you down the road if someone calls him or her for a reference.  It’s always a good idea to burn as few bridges as possible as you walk out the door for the last time.